Lesson 2: Colonial Response

Wake Up King George! examines various acts of British Parliament following the French and Indian War. Colonial Response looks at South Carolina's response to the British Stamp Act. Lesson 2: Colonial Response takes one class period (55 minutes).

  1. Students view the original manuscripts of the South Carolina Stamp Act Resolutions, which details South Carolina's response to the Stamp Act.
  2. In pairs, students read transcriptions of the South Carolina Stamp Act Resolutions, and discuss South Carolina's response to the Stamp Act.
  3. In pairs, students review Parliament Acts and Colonial Responses.
  4. Individually, students write a letter to King George according to the following prompt:
    * You are a colonist in Charleston, South Carolina. Write a letter to King George explaining why you feel that the Stamp Act and other parliamentary acts are wrong. Give at least five specific grievances with the Stamp Act.
  5. For homework, students write a speech for Parliament according to the following prompt:
    * You are a member of Parliament and have just returned to England from the colonies. Write a speech you will give to the other members of Parliament explaining how you saw the colonists acting. Defend Great Britain's position on the taxes and laws. Give at least five specific examples of the problems and explain fully.
  6. Teacher instructs students to prepare for a class debate. The topic of debate will concern Parliament's Right to Tax the Colonies vs. America's Right to Parliamentary Representation. 

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